Celebrate Kama Sutra Day 2023: Six Sex Positions to Get You Inspired

by Chelle

on Jun 14, 2023

Picture this – it’s 400 BCE–200 CE, and somewhere far down in the east, surrounded by the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, a fine ancient Indian philosopher sits scribing what will eventually become his lasting legacy.


A piece that combines spirituality with sexuality, filled with lessons on lovemaking and eroticism, it could never have been thought then that his work would go on to inspire some of our most intimate encounters. From the most traditional sex positions, right through to the kinds that challenge our inner acrobat – at some point, we’ve all referred to the OG of sex position manuals – the Kama Sutra.

Clearly, sex was of top priority for author, Vatsyayana, and his detailed teachings on pleasure, emotional fulfilment and natural human connection have become testament as to why our intimate relationships should be of importance to each of us too.

Look further into the ‘principles of love’ and you’ll find the infamous Kama Sutra is much more a profound work of psychology than (as it’s often misunderstood to be), a vast collection of sex positions.

But since we don’t have the psychology and knowledge to take you on the journey per se, we’re celebrating Kama Sutra Day 2023, by taking inspiration from the most ancient intimate philosopher there ever was, to bring you a modernised round-up of some of Vatsyayana’s greatest hits, in the epic style of Lovehoney’s Position of the Week.

Will you rise to the occasion and reign champion of our Kama Sutra Sex Position Challenge? Head to the forum to share your fave! (Psst… no pictures please!).

Crossed Lovers


The Crossed Keys is one of 64 sex positions depicted in the original Kama Sutra. An intimate all-rounder that’s perfect for those partners who love the feeling of fullness and deeper penetration, this position encourages the receiver to maintain a crossed leg pose to get closer to that impending intimate orgasm.

While the OG position depicts the receiving partners legs resting on their lover’s shoulders, our modernised take on missionary is ideal even for those with more limited mobility. Check out ‘Crossed Lovers’ here.

Carnal Crossing


One of the teachings of the Kama Sutra is that pleasure is as much about giving as it is receiving. Carnal Crossing is all about mutual satisfaction, allowing both partners to give and receive simultaneously.

Giving you the chance to practice some of your best lip-smacking moves, this position is perfect for two people who want to give and receive oral sex at the same time. With both partners up close and personal to each other’s most intimate parts, there’s plenty of opportunity for licking, kissing and teasing under the covers.

Come Together


Come together or not at all, this intimate sex position really encompasses the natural ‘human connection’ element that sits within the very heart of the Kama Sutra.

For those who enjoy a more intimate connection during intercourse and sexual play, this position is ideal for becoming closely acquainted with your partner. Face-to-face, each lover will be able to read their partner’s expressions and body language, allowing them to see which touches and advances are being best received.

Hitch a Ride


Snippets in the OG Kama Sutra say that when you’re on top, to focus on moving just the hips and not the upper part of your body – and there are lots of sex positions that’ll let you do exactly that – Hitch a Ride is just one of them, and it happens to be one of our favourites too.

It’s a fantastic position for exploring a Dom/sub scenario as the receiving partner is very much in the driving seat. Having two feet on the floor also acts as a fantastic platform for the receiving partner to take charge of the pace and depth of the session.

Love Tug


They don’t call it the principles of love for no reason. If the Kama Sutra is to inspire your next love-making session, put this position straight onto the top of your agenda, and you’re guaranteed your most passionate make-out yet.

Love Tug creates ample opportunity for the giving partner to get well and truly stuck into delivering the best pace and intensity of rubbing, tugging, and tweaking for their partner. Being able to lean over the receiving partner gives the giving partner the support needed to well and truly focus on delivering a spectacular session of stimulation.

The Embrace


We don’t think sex toys were really that much of a thing back in Vatsyayana’s day, but pull out the bunting and celebrate, because today – they definitely ARE.

The Embrace also lends itself perfectly to incorporating a sex toy or two. Intensify stimulation of the clitoris or nipples with a finger or bullet vibrator– either partner can take charge, directing the extra buzz to their lover’s top external zones.

The real beauty of The Embrace though, is that it can be enjoyed as a form of foreplay, getting to know what makes each other tick, or as a sensual penetration position.

Yours Truly

POTW Yours Truly

“Kama is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul.” – Yep, we’re taking this as inspiration for our next sex position.

Yours Truly lets you slip into a sensory haven by incorporating a range of bondage toys into your play. Alternate between a feather tickler for soft, smooth strokes and a leather-tailed flogger for sharp, seductive stings. Adding in a blindfold will instantly heighten the pleasure of all touch, sound and sensation for your bound lover. Want to aim for maximum pleasure effect? An all-in-one bondage kit, is ideal for experimenting as you explore the realms of BDSM together. Oooh, kinky!

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Written by Chelle. Lovehoney Editorial Team
Chelle is a multi-published adult author who believes great sex starts with having the confidence to explore your fantasies in the bedroom.
A bondage and kink enthusiast, Chelle is also an advocate for BDSM education, and when she’s not writing blogs for Lovehoney, you'll find her planning for her next erotica novel.

Originally published on Jun 14, 2023. Updated on Jun 14, 2023